Gerry Godley of the Improvised Music Company, based in Dublin 2 in Ireland has just been announced as the new Principal of the college with the longest-standing jazz course in the UK, Leeds College of Music, where he will take over from Philip Meaden.
Godley has been responsible for the innovative 12 Points Festival, and is a significant presence in the European Jazz Network and in the European jazz and improvised scene generally.
This move looks like be a sad loss for the Irish scene, but it must be good news for jazz in the UK for a major figure in the European jazz world to be taking over the running of one of our top music colleges. We wish him well in the new role, which he starts on 22nd September.
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